With over 155 million units sold worldwide, the PS2 remains the best-selling video game console of all time. While its fantastic library of games certainly contributed to the PS2’s success, its ability to double up as a DVD player also played an extremely important role. Not only did this eliminate the need for a designated DVD drive, but it also allowed developers to store significantly more data on the system’s optical discs.
With a capacity of 4.7 GB, PS2 discs were able to store almost seven times more data than the discs used by the original PlayStation, resulting in significantly fewer multi-disc games on the PS2. To be a bit more specific, only 11 PS2 games were released on more than one disc, roughly the same number of multi-disc Sega Dreamcast games despite the latter’s signature GD-ROMs having a significantly lower capacity than DVDs.
Compilations like Growlanser Generations and The Hitman Trilogy will not be included in this list, nor will games that come with a second disc containing audio or video content or demos for other games from the same publisher.
Armored Core: Nexus (2 discs)
|Release date||September 28, 2004|
Before Demon’s SoulsFromSoftware was best known for its work on the armored core series, with five main installments and a variety of spin-offs released between 1997 and 2013. Armored Core: Nexus was the sequel to Silent line: Shielded core, which was itself a direct sequel to the third installment of the series. It came on two discs, the first, EVOLUTION, focusing on brand new content. Conversely, the second disc, REVOLUTION, was strongly inspired by the previous ones. armored core Games.
Cy Girls (2 discs)
|Release date||March 23, 2004|
Cy GirlsWhere Nice girl, as it is known in its native Japan, began life as a series of action figures before later being adapted into a video game by Japanese developer and publisher Konami. The game offers a healthy mix of puzzles and combat and features two playable characters, one specializing in melee attacks and the other being a master of stealth. Like many other multi-protagonist games from this era, each character gets their own disc, with Ice on the first disc and Aska on the second.
Devil May Cry 2 (2 discs)
|Release date||January 25, 2003|
Most consider devil may cry 2 being the weakest game the series has to offer, with the developers’ decision to include more than one playable character remaining somewhat divisive among fans. Just like many of the previous resident Evil games, the game’s two unique storylines come on two separate discs, with Dante playable on one and Lucia’s missions confined to the other. Players can also use Trish in place of either character by beating the game on hard mode using Dante or by holding L3, R3, L1, and R2 in the main menu until a sound be heard.
Grandia III (2 discs)
|Release date||February 14, 2006|
Considering the number of multi-disc RPGs on the original PlayStation, it’s no surprise to learn that the PS2 also had some robust RPGs in its vast library. Grandia III is perhaps the most notable, with the game’s action-packed story spread fairly evenly across two game discs. It’s the same number as the first grandia game, which was one of fifteen PS1 role-playing games that came on more than one disc.
|Release date||March 14, 2006|
Although both Area of the Enders and Solid Metal Gear 2 were released with two discs, none of the bonus discs featured gameplay for their respective games, with the second disc of SMG 2 filled with videos and trailers and Disc 2 of ZotE offering a demo for SMG 2. Therefore, Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence was the only true multi-disc PS2 game made by Hideo Kojima. Even then disc 2, Persistence, featured metal gear online rather than a direct continuation of the game’s story, so whether or not this really counts as a multi-disc game is somewhat debatable.
Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams (2 Discs)
|Release date||March 8, 2006|
Before God of the war and the fantastic of Team Ninja Gaiden ninja restart the series, Tenchu and Onimusha reigned supreme over the hack and slash genre. The latter was by far the most successful, with fans of the Capcom series being treated to six games in as many years at the start of the 21st century. Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams was the last to be released in the PS2 era and features 17 scintillating stages for players to sink their teeth into. The first 11 can be found on the first disc of the game, with the remaining six stages found on disc 2.
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love (2 discs)
|Release date||March 30, 2010|
The Sakura Wars the series never really took off in the west, though that didn’t stop Sega from localizing the franchise’s fifth main installment for English-speaking audiences. Therefore, the North American version of Sakura Wars: Farewell, My Love came with two discs; one with the game’s Japanese dub and the other with the English localization. Unfortunately, despite positive reviews, the game failed to make a big splash, with fans having to wait over a decade for the next mainline. Sakura Wars Game.
Shadow Hearts: Covenant (2 discs)
|Release date||September 27, 2004|
Koudelka was one of the most unique titles from the original PlayStation, seamlessly blending survival horror and RPG mechanics. Many consider him the inspiration of the three shadow hearts games, the second of which is Shadow Hearts: Congregation. Although it still retains the Lovecraftian horror elements found in its spiritual predecessor, Commitment leans a lot more into the RPG genre this time around. That includes having an incredibly long narrative, with two discs needed to cram it all in.
Star Ocean: Until the End of Time (2 discs)
|Release date||August 31, 2004|
Given the show’s sparse release schedule in recent years, it can be easy to forget that the ocean of stars franchise is now over a quarter century old. It wasn’t always that way, with the series receiving regular releases between its 1996 debut and the release of Star Ocean: The Last Hope in 2009. Slap bang in the middle of this period came Star Ocean: Until the End of Time, a PS2 RPG with a 45-hour main story. Naturally, this required a multi-disc solution, with the director’s cut of the game split evenly across two DVD discs.
Xenosaga Episode II (2 Discs)
|Release date||February 15, 2005|
Given that they’re widely renowned for their brutal use of deleted scenes, it’s no surprise to learn that two of the three Xenosaga the games came on more than one disc. Interestingly, however, it’s the second and third installments of Monolith Soft’s ambitious trilogy rather than the first that are multi-disc, despite Xenosaga Episode I boasting a much longer main story than either of its two sequels. This was likely due to the aforementioned cutscenes, which become much more prominent as the story progresses.
Xenosaga Episode III (2 Discs)
|Editor||Namco Bandai Games|
|Release date||August 29, 2006|
Although it received widespread critical acclaim, Xenosaga Episode III sold somewhat poorly, with only 340,000 lifetime sales worldwide. This, combined with the niche nature of the series, played a big part in Monolith Soft’s decision to go into manufacturing Xenoblade Chronicles rather than creating six Xenosaga matches as the team originally planned. Like its predecessor, Xenosaga Episode III was released on two discs, with much of the storage capacity on them again taken up by FMV cut scenes.
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